Ableton Live Video Tutorial: Creating Loop Variations w/ Follow Actions

In this Ableton Live video tutorial, Ableton Certified Trainer Thavius Beck demonstrates how to add variation to static loops using Live’s Follow Action feature and Legato Mode.

In this video, Ableton Certified Trainer Thavius Beck takes us through Ableton Live’s Follow Action feature. Follow Actions allow creating chains of clips that can trigger each other in an orderly or random way. A clip’s Follow Action defines what happens to other clips in the same group after the clip plays. Why use Follow Actions? Music is repetition and change. Music based on loops or short melodic fragments has a tendency to sound static. Follow Actions allow you to create new sequences in Session View that can be randomized to discover new ideas and pattern combinations. Thavius demonstrates how to use this function with a warped four-bar drum break loop to alter the timing and create new rhythms that continuously change so that the loop never sounds repetitive. Thavius also introduces us to Legato Mode, another handy feature that takes over the play position from whatever clip was played in that track before. For example, you can toggle clips at any moment and rate without ever losing the sync. Legato Mode is very useful for creating breaks, as you can momentarily play alternative loops and jump back to what was playing in the track before.


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